Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Day of 'Days' Interview: Billy Flynn on Chad DiMera's Heart-Wrenching Life

Billy Flynn at the Day of Days event on November 14, 2015.  Photo Credit: Jessica Weisel
The annual "Day of Days" event was held on Saturday, November 14 at Universal Citywalk. Mandy Lynn Denaux covered the event for Serial Scoop and chatted with the cast of Days of our Lives about the 50th anniversary of the iconic soap opera, and much more. Billy Flynn–who plays Chad DiMera–shared what the biggest shift has been for him since Josh Griffith and Dena Higley took over as the new head writers, and the impact of social media on his experience as an actor. He also revealed which show–if he wasn't starring in Days–that he would love to appear on.

Read the interview below.

SERIAL SCOOP: I am sure you cannot tell us about what Chad has been up to. But if you could summarize the last three to six months for Chad, what would it be?
BILLY FLYNN: [Takes a long pause to think about it] Heart-wrenching. But not in a bad way. It is good and bad. Very neutral. It’s going to tug on your heart.

SERIAL SCOOP: What’s been the biggest shift for you since the new writers, new production team, new dynamic began?
BILLY FLYNN: I don’t think my story changed much in the direction it was headed, or I think they were heading with Chad and Abigail. But with the regime change, I don’t know if my character and Abigail’s character would have gone to the heights they go to. I think this is the way they were going, but they propelled it to you know with their idea of trying to create this couple that is a solidifying couple in the history of Days.

SERIAL SCOOP: If you could play any other character regardless of age or gender, who would it be?
BILLY FLYNN: [Long pause] This question is…I love my character so much…I think it is one of my most favorite characters on the show. Andre would be fun because he’s a son of a bitch. It would be fun to  walk into a room and look around just chilling and have people be like [winces]...freak out.

SERIAL SCOOP: The two of you have a lot of fun on social media. How do you think social media impacts your experience as an actor?
BILLY FLYNN: It makes us more comfortable with each other and gives people an idea but I’m very conflicted with social media, especially as an actor.  I feel the less you share yourself, and let people know who you are, kinds of takes the element of surprise out of the relationship.

I love it for what it is, and it lets me talk with the fans.  But I also think it takes the mystery out of a lot; such a shame. It also spoils a lot of the great stuff that people worked really hard on. Stuff will break about the character leaving or it’s hard to appreciate the story and where it’s at if you know someone is going to be gone in six months or something. I think that’s a shame.

SERIAL SCOOP: In terms of other shows, if you could work on another show, one you have seen and thought, "I want to be a part of that."
BILLY FLYNN: I almost got a part on Chicago P.D., which would have been a lot of fun because it was a really neat character but then I got into something else. But if I had a choice, I would choose something dark on HBO like Ray Donovan.

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